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April 7, 2022, 12:25 AM

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Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Wall Street Journal:
Google Play removes dozens of Android apps, including Muslim prayer apps with 10M+ downloads, after researchers find malware tied to a US defense contractor  —  Code placed in consumer-facing apps is tied to U.S. national-security contractors, documents show
Jillian Ward / Bloomberg:
Elon Musk refiles his Twitter stake's SEC disclosure to classify himself as an active investor; Musk bought his 9.1% stake in cash from January 31 to April 1  —  Elon Musk refiled the disclosure of his stake in Twitter Inc. to classify himself as an active investor, making the change …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
OpenAI releases DALL-E 2, a higher-resolution and lower-latency version of its text-to-image generation program with new capabilities, to researchers in preview  —  Researchers can sign up to preview it  —  Artificial intelligence research group OpenAI has created a new version of DALL-E, its text-to-image generation program.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
In a court-authorized March operation, the FBI cut off the servers of the Cyclops Blink botnet, tied to Russia's Sandworm, from Asus and WatchGuard routers  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation has disclosed it carried out an operation in March to target a massive botnet controlled by Russian intelligence.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Meta won't hold its F8 developer conference in 2022, instead holding Conversations, a “business messaging event” on May 19, and an AR/VR event “later this year”  —  Meta is pausing the event in 2022  —  Meta won't be holding its F8 developer conference in 2022, the company announced Wednesday.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Amazon will increase its Music Unlimited plan on Prime from $7.99/month to $8.99/month and its Single Device plan from $3.99/month to $4.99/month on May 5  —  Amazon is increasing the price of its Unlimited Music subscription for Prime members, the company announced on its website.
Samantha Cole / VICE:
Analysis: 50 out of 150 US police reports mentioning Apple's AirTags were of women describing stalking, 25 of which suspected ex-partners, husbands, or bosses  —  Motherboard obtained reports of stalking, harassment, and abuse using Airtags, targeting victims of intimate partner violence.
Rebecca Bellan / TechCrunch:
SmartHop, which makes an AI-powered smart dispatch service for interstate truckers, raises a $30M Series B led by Sozo Ventures  —  SmartHop, a startup that uses AI to help interstate truckers make their routes more efficient and lucrative by removing administrative headaches …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
ReadySet, which is building a database infrastructure to help developers build real-time applications, raises a $24M Series A led by Index Ventures  —  ReadySet, a company providing database infrastructure to help developers build real-time applications, today announced that it raised $24 million …
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Andrew Hayward / Decrypt:
OpenSea adds Solana NFT trading support in beta; a marketplace search shows 865K NFTs minted on Solana  —  At long last, Solana support is finally live on OpenSea—in beta mode.  —  In brief  — Solana NFTs have been added to OpenSea, the largest overall NFT marketplace.
Jonathan Greig / The Record:
The US DOJ charges Russian national Dmitry Olegovich Pavlov for helping operate and administer the Hydra Market darknet, after German police shut down the site  —  The US Justice Department on Tuesday filed charges against Dmitry Olegovich Pavlov, a 30-year-old Russian national accused …
Vishal Chawla / The Block:
Sky Mavis, which runs Axie Infinity, raises $150M led by Binance, with participation from Animoca, a16z, and others, to reimburse users after the Ronin hack  —  Sky Mavis, the creator of play-to-earn game Axie Infinity, has raised $150 million to reimburse its users who lost funds during …
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